24 Feb 2014 20:50pm
KEETMANSHOOP, 24 FEB (NAMPA) A total of 120 skilled and semi-skilled workers are currently employed at the Neckartal Dam project in the //Karas Region.
Agriculture, Water and Forestry Minister John Mutorwa launched work on the N.dollars 2.8 billion dams construction and Phase One Bulk Water Supply lines during November 2013.
The Extension Officer in the Directorate of Rural Water Supply at Keetmanshoop, Aletta Cloete revealed this figure on Monday during a meeting between the directorate and the National Councils Standing Committee on Habitat.
The members of the committee were also informed that at the moment, a construction company called Baby Face is busy constructing three buildings at the site, which will serve as accommodation for the 1 000 employees expected to be employed at the dam.
This accommodation is expected to be completed in four months time.
Other work such as the construction of storage facilities and the excavation of the road to the river where a catchment area will be built, has also started.
Dawid Boois, the constituency councillor for Berseba and leader of the committee, said residents in his constituency had approached his office with complaints regarding the alleged slow recruitment process at Neckartal.
The Member of Parliament (MP) asked Cloete whether such allegations were true, before adding that residents also complained of alleged nepotism when it came to recruitment.
Cloete responded that there is no nepotism, and that progress on recruitment is not as slow as people alleged.
We are here to treat people equally. Therefore, we must make sure we do just that. This is a national project which should employ everyone, regardless of where they are from in this country, Boois stated.
The National Councils Standing Committee on Habitat is undertaking national visits to regional projects to inspect progress on the installation of sewerage systems, access to clean water and safe environments in rural areas.
The four-member delegation including Swapo MPs Boois; the councillor for Mariental Urban Barakias Namwandi; Oshakati West councillor Aram Martin; and Opuwo constituency councillor Kazeongere Zeriapi Tjeundo from the DTA of Namibia, started its inspections in the //Karas Region on Monday.
On Tuesday, they will proceed to other regions such as Hardap, Omaheke, Kunene and Otjozondjupa before they compile a report for submission to Parliament.
Neckartal is situated some 60 kilometres north-west of Keetmanshoop near the Fish River in the Snyfontein area.